Further From Grace
Released: June 7, 2005
BUY THIS CD: add
Nick Castro - Voice, Piano,
Organ, Guitar, Mijwiz, Whistles
The Poison Tree: Otto
Hauser - Percussion, Dumbek, Trap-Kit
Helena Espvall - Flute, Cello, Percussion
Chris Smith - Bass
Adam Hershberger - Flugelhorn
Meg Baird - Lap Dulcimer on "Sun Song"
Josephine Foster - Voices on "Sun Song"
Track Listing: Sun
Song (4:09) - To This Earth (3:29) - Unborn Child (3:40)
- Won't You Sing To Me (4:26) - Waltz for a Little Bird (4:18)
- Guilford (5:13) - Music for Mijwiz (2:42) - Deep Deep
Sea (8:09) - Walk Like a Whisper (4:29)
Beaming warmly from the underground enclaves of Los Angeles, CA like
a lambent ray of soft sunlight, the music of Nick
Castro is breathing fresh life and pristine wonderment into an
old sound. Castro released a beguiling album called A Spy in the
House of God in 2004 on his own imprint Records
of Ghaud, and it caused quite a stir in the new acid folk circles.
Imagine a melding of More-era Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett
solo and a touch of Incredible String Band with modern fractured
folk sound weavers like the Tower Recordings and maybe you are
in the right sphere. For his follow up, Castro has assembled a cast of
players calling themselves The Poison Tree, boasting amongst its
ranks underground folk icons Josephine
Foster and members of Espers.
It is a heavenly match as evidenced on Further From Grace,
a simply mystical sophomore effort illustrating with a feathery wallop
that Castro is a major voice amongst the new insurgence of THC troubadours.
Further From Grace bewitches with an intoxicating mood sustained
throughout. Instrumentation is lush and exotic, but in the hands of Nick
Castro and The Poison Tree, otherwise disparate implements
such as flugelhorn, lap dulcimer and mijwiz are deftly melded into a pan-cultural
elixir comprised of American and British folk traditions, classical balladry
and Middle Eastern. Masterful songwriting, ornamented by Castro's ardent
vocals and dreamlike lyrics, are relieved by hypnotic and utterly stoned
instrumental passages. Opening with "Sun Song", ripe with visions of Castro's
native California as filtered through a heavy-lidded hashish haze, Further
From Grace weaves along through song after striking song, melody
after beautiful melody. Instrumental excursions like "Music for Mijiwiz"
kick up acoustic mini-ragas along the way, until the whole journey cascades
into the shimmering, hum-along outro of "Walk Like a Whisper".
Induced by flourishes of psychedelic 60's folk bards like Tom Rapp
(Pearls Before Swine) and Bert Jansch, laced with flashes of
Amon Düül-like acoustic communal atmosphere (circa Paradieswärts
Düül), Further From Grace is a graceful tab of Nick
Castro's own heady universe, an acid-folk masterpiece advancing today's
sound into sparkling new frontiers.
For news, discography, photos, MP3s, show info and more tidbits, head
to the official Nick Castro
LP format on the ultra-amazing label and mailorder house Eclipse
Hear for yourself! Download a free MP3 of "Sun
Live video clip: "Deep
Deep Sea" (Quicktime video)
Nick Castro on Myspace
Folk (Belgium), Foxy
Music Guide, Dusted
Here's a great feature on Nick Castro, conducted by the fine folks
Strange Attractors has copies of Nick
Castro's first CD A
Spy in the House of God for sale! Get them here
THIS CD: add